It's time again for the DAC's Regional Juried Art Expo this August. I wasn't as prepared this year for new entries. I did enter two new but small drawings and the painting I finished last week. The Opening Reception is Thursday August 2 at 5:oopm, during the monthly Clarksville ART WALK, 96 Franklin St., Clarksville, TN. I'll be there early but I don't stay too late. Refreshments served and free to the public.
This image is from a photo I took on the HG Hills property In Nashville. According to the web site, This forest "is considered the largest old-growth forest in an urban area east of the Mississippi River." The trees are huge. There are giant trees that have fallen all over the area I walking in. This is a painting of a fallen tree and a fallen branch from a tree. It was amazing to see.
First I did a pen & ink of the forest and then I started the painting which is 10" x 20". I decided to do it in acrylic. I drew it off on the gallery wrap canvas. I didn't want the graphite to mix with my paint so I sprayed it with water and wiped the excess graphite off with a paper towel. Then I could start my painting. I really enjoyed this one. I'll be taking it to the DAC tomorrow in Clarksville for the "Annual Regional Juried Art Expo". It will be on display at the DAC until September. It is for sale and needing a home.
I finished this small Pen & Ink last week. I liked the drawing so much that I started an acrylic 10" x 20" of the same scene on Friday. I'm hoping to finish it tomorrow and enter it into the DAC Regional Art Expo for August 1st. I have been so busy with commission work since January, so this will be the first painting I've done for me this year. It feels good to take a break and paint for me. I enjoyed my day at the studio. The pen & ink is 6" x 9" and needing a home.
American Impressionist Artist Frank Baggett stopped into the Studio last week with his family. Frank is one of my favorite artists and an artist I greatly respect not only for his enormous talent but his teaching skills too. I've taken a few of his workshops and totally enjoyed his teaching style. Frank's beautiful outdoor works of art can be seen in several galleries across the country and at his studio in Waverly, TN. check out his work.at https://frankbaggett.com/
Frank's daughter lives in Erin. She and I are on the Houston County Art Council and also a talented artist herself. I didn't know she was Frank's daughter until a little while ago. Last week, I went out for breakfast and waved at her and there was Mom and Dad. I had to go over and invite them to my studio, another great day for me! Thanks Frank and Family!!!
Frank is holding an announcement card of my current exhibit at Parks Realty at Green Hills. My work and two other artists will be exhibiting til Sept. 27th.
There it was, my watercolor pictured in the "Table of Contents" of Nashville Arts Magazine this month. Nashville Arts Magazine did an article of the 2018 Biennial Tennessee Watercolor Society Exhibition at the Custom House Museum. Although I didn't win an award at the Exhibit, I did get into the show of 60 watercolors from artists all over the state of Tennessee. I was honored to have gotten into the Juried show. A juried show is when paintings are judges in order to exhibit. I was tickled that a wonderful graphic artist picked my painting to attract readings to the show's article. Someone liked it!!!! that's all we artist can do, is hope someone likes it or better, loves it. Look for the 68 at the bottom of the page, that's mine! Then check out the article if you can. The Show ends July 27th in Clarksville at the museum. .Happy, Happy Happy!
Our Plein Air group out of Clarksville meets every Monday, weather permitting. We only paint in the mornings from 9-12. Today we painted at Valley Brook Park just off Riverside Dr. on Crossland Ave. I haven't been to this park in forty years. Montgomery County has done a lot of work on it and it's beautiful. The playground is very nice with a convenient pavillions next to it. The restroom were nice and clean. Five artists made it out this morning to paint. It was another wonderful day to paint and enjoy the outdoors.
The painting is done in Oil, 6" x 12" and for sale.
A Public Monument is planned to celebrate the Women's Suffrage Movement in Clarksville (Montgomery County) TN. Sculptor Roy Butler was asked to create a 7.5' sculpture and I was asked to create a painting of how the statue will look once installed. Fund raising has begun and completion is planned for 2020. I am very appreciative to those who entrusted me to complete the illustration for this project.
If you are interested in contributing to the Suffrage Project, I'm sure the museum and/or Arts & Heritage Montgomery County can put you in touch with the right people.
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Monday, six of us met to paint by the Cumberland River in Clarksville. It was hot but we found the shade and enjoyed painting. At noon, we packed up and headed to Liberty Grill for lunch. It was a great day with friends..
This is an adventure for me, something I've always wanted to do: to be a real Artist! So I rented a studio, lets see how it goes.